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Five Wakefield students accepted to Governor’s School

Tuesday, May. 6 | By Hannah Dellinger
Eleanor Dunnigan, a sophomore from The Plains, will be attending the Governor’s School for Life Sciences and Medicine.
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Five Wakefield School students will be attending 2014 Virginia Summer Residential Governor's Schools in the subjects of agriculture, life sciences and medicine, Latin, Japanese, and aerospace engineering.

The Governor's School is a highly prestigious program that provides a selected number of the state’s top rising juniors and seniors with intensive learning experiences in the arts, sciences, humanities and foreign languages.

Mary Clubb, a junior from Purcellville, will be attending the School for Agriculture at Virginia Tech, a program aimed at developing future leaders and scientists for careers in agriculture.

"I am very interested in economics and under the agriculture governor's school, one can pursue a major in agricultural economics," Clubb said. "That just sounded fascinating to me because it's something so different and something I haven't been exposed to before."

Eleanor Dunnigan, a sophomore from The Plains, will be attending the Governor’s School for Life Sciences and Medicine. The program is aimed at providing an enhanced curriculum that explores the life sciences of medicine through a systems-based, problem-solving approach that utilizes case studies, laboratory investigations and real-world shadowing experiences.

"The combination of my freshman biology class and my animal behavior class this year, both taught by my advisor, Dr. Pereira, has substantially increased my interest in life sciences and subsequently medicine," she said. "I find brains especially wonderfully complex and endlessly fascinating, and I would love to work studying their development and plasticity."

Caitlin Wagner, a junior from Warrenton, will be attending the Governor's Foreign Language Academy in Japanese.

"I chose to go to the Japanese Governor's School because this year I am taking an Asian Studies class and reading Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata for my Junior Thesis, opening my eyes to a world of intriguing cultures and peoples," she said. "I am considering a career in Anthropology, concentrating in culture and East Asian Studies, and I believe that the best way to learn about a culture is to embrace the language of the people. I hope to learn the fundamentals of Japanese and be immersed in a new and exciting culture that my studies at Wakefield have only introduced me to."

Ben Weimer, a junior from Manassas, will be attending the NASA Governor's School. The 4-week mentorship program provides authentic experiences in aerospace engineering and current research.

"I chose to apply to the Nasa Mentorship Governor's school because I have always been deeply fascinated with space," Weimer said. "I have always been interested in engineering so naturally I was attracted to the opportunity to work one-on-one with an aerospace engineer at one of the best aerospace research facilities in the country."

In college, he plans to double major in Aerospace Engineering and entrepreneurial business, and enter into the emerging private space industry.

Joshua Mohney, a junior from Aldie, will be attending the Governor's Foreign Language Academy in Latin.

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